David Bowie - Hours

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Hours (stylised 'hours...' ) is the twenty-first studio album by English musician David Bowie, released in October 1999 on EMI / Virgin Records.

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), better known by his stage name David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. For over five decades, he was regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world’s best selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number on albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1996.

Hours was the first complete album by a major artist available to download over the Internet, preceding the physical release by two weeks. A number of the tracks also featured in the soundtrack to the video game Omikron: The Nomad Soul.

Hours is a relatively straightforward affair when compared to the wide variety of Bowie’s earlier works. It feels unlike anything else in his catalog. His music has always been a product of artifice, intelligence, and synthesis. Hours is a relaxed, natural departure from this method.

Thursday's Child, the album's engaging mid-tempo opener, is a good indication of what lays ahead. It feels like classic Bowie, yet recalls no specific era of his career. For the first time, Bowie has absorbed all the disparate strands of his music, from Hunky Dory through Earthling, using it as a foundation for new music. That's the reason why Hours feels open, even organic, he's no longer self-conscious, either about living up to his past or creating a new future.

It's a welcome change, and it produces some fine music, particularly on the first half of the record, which is filled with such subdued, subtly winning songs as Something In The Air, Survive, and Seven.

Toward the end of the album, Bowie branches into harder material, yet shares a similar sensibility. And that's what's appealing about Hours, it's the work of a masterful musician who has begun to enjoy his craft again and isn't afraid to let things develop naturally.

What seems best characterises the album is that it is just a very strong collection of songs. There is the sense of a man of a certain age, looking back on his life and reflecting with a certain degree of fragility. Familiar territories are covered in references to madness and the paranoia of coping with a threatening world - themes which are strong particularly on The Man Who Sold the World and Hunky Dory. There is a similar darkness in the soundscapes of Hours, whilst occupying a different soundscape and from the perspective of an older artist.

Now available on vinyl for the first time!

This is a Limited Edition Music On Vinyl 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl with 20 page booklet, pressed in Europe.

 

(8718469538898)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Thursday’s Child

5:24

A2

Something In The Air

5:46

A3

Survive

4:11

A4

If I’m Dreaming My Life

7:04

B1

Seven

4:04

B2

What’s Really Happening?

4:10

B3

The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell

4:40

B4

New Angels Of Promise

4:35

B5

Brilliant Adventure

1:54

B6

The Dreamers

5:14

SKU 8718469538898
Record Label ISO Records
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP1400
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 15 June 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 04 October 1999
Barcode # 8718469538898
Shipping Weight 0.4150kg
Shipping Width 0.006m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000593000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record Reissue, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, 20 Page Booklet, Available on vinyl for the first time!
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop
Format VINYL LP

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